“Het water aan de lippen”
On 5 June 2014, the Flemish Museum Council took action for the first time on Martelarenplein in Brussels. The 24 nationally recognized museums denounced the underfunding, and asked the then minister of culture, Joke Schauvliege, for more resources. They drew attention to the deep gap between the justified high expectations and the available resources of the Flemish government. The international role of the museums and the bond with the public threaten to lose them. That is why they asked for a doubling of subsidies in a very concrete way. The campaign received a lot of attention in the press.
“We zouden zoveel meer voor u willen doen”
The Flemish Museum Consultation, together with the interest representative for the cultural heritage sector, OCE (Cultural Heritage Consultation), was the driving force behind this campaign in the summer of 2018. This action demanded an increase in the budget for the cultural heritage sector. The campaign was launched at the Antwerp Cultural Market (26 August 2018). The public was asked to support the sector in its request to the Flemish government for more operational resources. Under the heading “We would like to do so much more for you” various cultural heritage actors – museums, archives, heritage libraries, heritage cells and service organisations – spread the same message.